Herbal Comfort Care Doula Packages

Herbal Comfort Care for Mother and Baby

Herbal Sitz Baths, Uterine Steams and Vaginal Rinses, traditionally a succession of plant baths for 3, 6 or 9 days is advised. Plant Baths can be included in the doula care package you choose. Sitz Bath’s require a minimum of a 3 hour doula visit in order to fully prepare the herbs, clean and sanitize the the tub, allow the mother and baby if desired adequate time to soak and rest and to clean up remaining equipment.

Uterine Steams and Vaginal Rinses can also be included in the doula care package you choose and can be combined in succession with Sitz Baths once the perenium tissue has healed enough for a birthing stool or steam chair to be used.Uterine Steams require 1.5 hour portion of the doula visit and can be combined with other doula tasks during the 3 hour minimum.

When choosing a bath or steam package please note you can pre- purchase your own herbs from the list I will provide to all doula clients.I can provide you with my suppliers website and you may ship them directly to my office for mixing and weighing of your sitz bath and steam blends. Blending and Weighing for each treatment blend is included in my hourly doula rate for post partum packages.

If you would rather not have to think about purchasing your own herbs for these preparations, I can pre-purchase, receive, blend and weigh them for your bath/steam blends. The cost of this service is $125.00 and provides enough plant material for some combination of 9 sitz baths, uterine steams and vaginal rinses.

Sitz Baths can be done anytime starting 1-2 days post partum. Generally I begin with 1-4 days of sitz baths depending on the package you choose. Uterine steams are generally done 1-3 weeks post partum depending on the healing of the perennial tissue. Vaginal Rinses can be used immediately following birth and will be prepared following my first post partum visit for as many days as I am at your home.

Traditionally in many cultures women were very meticulously cared for and nourished post partum for at least one month after giving birth. Women were also traditionally prepared and bathed prior to giving birth, and the babies were also ritually bathed to insure any challenges during labor did not linger. Every culture has their own beneficial treatments that help women’s bodies heal and restore strength, alleviate tension and aid the natural regeneration process of the uterine tissues. I offer my own version of these ancient traditions which have been passed on to me by South and Central American Medicine Women and through my own experiences with plant bathing and herbal comfort care. I combine medicinal and spiritually uplifting healing herbs and flowers into a sitz bath and or uterine steam blend. You can choose the type of treatment(s) that are most important to you.

Some women prefer a series of medicinal sitz baths, while others enjoy a combination of medicinal blends, uterine steams and spiritual bathing ritual. All treatments are done in the privacy of your home with confidentiality and care placed on your specific needs. Traditionally a series of baths/steams is recommended of 3, 6 or 9 days.

Sitz Baths can begin anytime post partum provided you feel able to stand and walk to the bath. I am always present for the bath in the first few days and nourish your comfort and care as my first priority. Uterine Steams can begin anytime after the first week of post partum time but often women like to wait until they are less sore before sitting on the birthing stool to administer the steams. The benefits of these plant baths is extensive but perhaps the most profound one I have personally witnessed is the reeling in of the immense amount of energy that has gone into pregnancy and birth. The new mother has so much on her plate, it is important to close down the conduit that has been running through her for 9 plus months. Often births have stories, histories, herstories, joys and challenges, bathing in medicinal and specially prepared waters can add an immense amount of cleansing, purification and closing of the previous journey to make space for motherhood, nursing, healing and restoring the bodies balance.

Post Natal time is a special moment which for many lasts only a few weeks, or not as long in the “cocoon phase” as some would like. A series of baths or steams may seem like a luxury but perhaps consider it a foundation of the nurturing life you want to create for yourself and your new baby and a way to linger a little longer in this very special time.

The benefits of post partum sitz baths and uterine steams include:

  • faster healing times for perenial tissue, vaginal tearing, and abrasions on the vaginal tissue
  • shorter period of post partum bleeding and reduction in likeliness of hemmhorage
  • increased immune function for mother and baby
  • deep relaxation and reduction in likeliness of post partum depression
  • faster healing of cord stump, rashes, thrush, baby acne and skin irritations
  • increased sense of peace, nurturing and support for mother and baby
  • increased circulation to joints, muscles and skin
  • promotes deeper more restful sleep for mother and baby
  • decreased likeliness of vaginal yeast infections from prolonged bleeding and tearing
  • re-connection to the spiritual nature of birthing traditions
  • increased awareness of the importance of self care practices and nurturance of the mother/baby

Rates for Post Partum Doula/ Herbal Comfort Care:
All Doula and Comfort Care Services require a minimum 3 hour package
$30-$35 Sliding Scale Per Hour                                                                                                           (Herbal Baths, Steams and Blends must be prepaid or purchased seperately)

Sliding Scale Rates are determined by each client based on your income level, please choose within the range that is appropriate for your economic comfort and the value you place on the skills of this service 

Purchase your own herbs for the bathing blends

You may purchase the herbs needed for your herbal preparations ahead of your birth from my supplier. I will give you a complete list of herbs to choose from based on your needs The cost for an average of some combination of 9 sitz bath blends, uterine steams and vaginal rinses is around $90.00 including shipping.

For very medicinal baths and steams you need over a pound of plant material. I have carefully selected the most medicinal plants and amounts for post partum care.All orders can be shipped to my office/apothecary and as a part of the herbal comfort care package I will receive, mix, weigh and pre package each bath and steam for you. I am happy to provide traditional doula services with herbal comfort care preparations at each visit.                                                                               All post partum doula services from my post partum doula menu apply and can be tailored to your families specific needs.

I can order your herbs for your bath blends

Some clients simply don’t have the time to pre-order their herbal mixtures so I offer the option to compile and place the order, receive, mix, weigh and pre package everything you need for $125.00. You can choose this option even if you don’t hire me as your post partum doula. The blends come in pre-weighed bags with your birth specific plants and the type of preparations we decide on together.

One Time Sitz Bath and Comfort Care Session                                                                $125.00 (includes herbal sitz bath plant mixture)                                                                          This session must be scheduled in advance of your birth to prepare the herbal blend based on your specific body type and healing needs.      

  • 4 hours post partum herbal sitz bath setup including smudging,preparation, aftercare and cleanup
  • Faja Wrap treatment(woven cloth womb binding that helps reduce uterine cramping, aiding in restoring the uterus to it’s pre labor size, South and Central American Practice passed to me by Rocio Alarcon, Ecuador)
  • Baby wearing or holding if you choose not to bring baby in the bath with you
  • Nutritional suggestions, physical support, meal preparation
  • 30 Minute phone or e-mail consult for choosing your herbs and hearing any concerns or previous birth/health related challenges
  • Ayurvedic Herbal infusion to support milk production and nourishment(vegan or organic dairy option available)
  • Emotional support, deep relaxation and healing for you in this tender and special time                                                                                                                               

3 Day Herbal Comfort Care Treatment Package
$275 (Herbal Mixture must be purchased separately)

  • Traditional post partum care beginning 1-2 days post partum
  •  A total of 3 consecutive days of 3 hour bathing treatments, including sitz baths, uterine steams, faja womb tightening wraps, vaginal rinses, nourishing infusions, moxabustion for the uterus and comfort care support
  • Babywearing or holding while you bathe and practice self care
  • 1 home visit to prepare your space to answer questions, order herbs and plan your post partum care
  • Basic doula services are included light housework, meal preparation, folding laundry and partner support

9 Day Herbal Comfort Care Treatment Package
$700.00 (herbal mixture must be purchased separately)                                                              Note 9 treatments do not need to be consecutive and often clients like to wait a few days in between baths and until the perenium has healed to experience uterine steams. ~Complete traditional post partum care beginning 1-2 days post partum

  •  A total of 9 successive 3 hour bathing treatments, including sitz baths, uterine steams, faja womb tightening wraps, vaginal rinses, nourishing infusions, moxabustion for the uterus and comfort care support
  • Ayurvedic Herbal Infusion to support milk production and nourishment                            (vegan or organic dairy option available)
  • Babywearing or holding while you bathe and practice self care
  • 1 home visit to prepare your space and answer questions, order herbs and plan your post partum care
  • Basic doula services are included light housework, meal preparation, folding laundry and partner support

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